Posted December 18, 2013

Report: Phillies very willing to trade Jimmy Rollins

Jimmy Rollins (Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

Jimmy Rollins had a career-low .667 OPS last season. (Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

The Phillies would love to trade Jimmy Rollins, as the 35-year-old shortstop is due to make $11 million in 2014 with a vesting option for another $11 million in 2015.

Philadelphia has told other teams, as it did before the trade deadline last year, that Rollins is available, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.

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But a trade for the 2007 NL MVP is unlikely, as Rollins had a precipitous decline in production last season and has a no-trade clause in his contract. The three-time All Star hit .252 with a career-low six homers, 39 RBIs and .667 OPS in 160 games last year.

Rollins has played his entire 14-year career with the Phillies, who have missed the playoffs the last two seasons after five straight postseason appearances from 2007-11, including winning the 2008 World Series.

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First of all, I do appreciate what Rollins has given to this organization in the past. However, there has been an enormous change in Rollins' character. I watched about 140 of this past season's 162 games, and needless to say, I am now disgusted with Rollins. First of all, he hits WAY too many balls in the air. Even at 35, when he feels like it, he can still run. But we've all seen the way he lolly gags his way up the base path. He was the direct result of a handful of losses last year. The one that sticks with me is the game against the White Sox when he booted a grounder in extras with a man on second and then walked after the ball. That gave the runner on second more than enough time to trot home. The amount of people on this earth who would give anything to stand on a big league field for five minutes...And the amount who are on it everyday and play the game the wrong way. Too selfish of a hitter and ballplayer. Time to go and move on.


I am sure there is a huge market for the Phillies to trade an old, lazy shortstop.They would need to eat a huge chunk of the salary to get rid of him


Everyone on the Phillies is now on the block, but none will move because they have ridiculous price tags with poor production. They'd need a Vernon Wells-for-Mike Napoli type coup.